Recent Council items: “Downtown Renewal”, safer crossings on Ottawa and Paterson Streets, lowering Golden Line Road speed limits to consistency with the City of Ottawa and residents’ wishes and more. What are your views?
I am one of the members of the Mississippi Mills Police Services Board, and attend the municipal, County and Zone 2 meetings. The provincial government may soon be making changes to amalgamate some of these boards.
At the recent County meeting hosted by Lanark Highlands, Detachment Commander Derek Needham discussed the detachment’s 2018 Progress Report and provided second quarter statistics comparing 2018 to 2019, that I have extracted for just Mississippi Mills here.
Commander Needham listed two ways that you can help reduce policing costs:
1 – LOCK YOUR VEHICLE – There has been an increase in thefts from unlocked vehicles. Residences in towns are more attractive and vulnerable because they are close together (not too far for lazy thieves to walk, unlike long country lanes to houses). Unfortunately spates of petty thefts and mischief happen in more densely populated areas.
2 – PUT YOUR PHONE TO SLEEP, IF NOT OFF – This prevents “pocket” 911 calls that are a waste of police and other precious resources.
The Police Services Board meetings are open to the public and often very interesting. The next Mississippi Mills meeting is on Tuesday, September 10 at 9:30 at the Council Chambers of Mississippi Mills, 3131 Old Perth Road.
We hope to see you there!
Mississippi Mills firefighters need to drill, inspect and train regularly in order to protect us. Councillor Dalgity and I were pleased to join more than twenty of them at one of their weekly sessions on a beautiful evening. We observed inspection and cleaning of the hoses, went to the Appleton dry hydrant to see its operation with a tanker, and sat in on First Responder training in the classroom. We are extremely proud that our department has been approved to be a regional training centre in Eastern Ontario.
The Dry Hydrant
Dry hydrants are at several locations in the municipality. The one pictured above is in Appleton. You may recall a recommendation to close the 7B Bridge at Indian Creek? Well, there is a dry hydrant on one side; that was one of the reasons that residents objected to the closure. And please do not park in front of them, thank you.
“A good firefighter knows how, an educated firefighter knows why.”
Firefighting equipment must be in good condition and inspected regularly. New firefighters are trained in the care and operation of the equipment regularly.
Our volunteer firefighters are often the first responders to vehicle and other accidents or illnesses. Here, the team helps a “40-year-old unconscious jogger” who collapsed on Union Street and had a weak, then absent pulse. We are extremely fortunate in having experienced paramedics and City of Ottawa firefighters among our volunteers. They shared their knowledge with others during this session. Notice that the trainer/patient has a death-like grip on his marker!
Councillor Dalgity and I are grateful to the firefighters and Interim Chief Giberson for allowing us to observe and permission to take photos.